Want to visit my apartment? Take a virtual tour!

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This post is a bit of a departure from what I usually post but I’m really excited to share with you a project I’ve been working on over the past few months. I had been intrigued with VR for a while so I jumped at the chance to collaborate with ImmersaCAD, a … Continue reading

10 ways to customize lighting in any space – no electrician needed!

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When moving into a new home, lighting is one of the key elements to making the space feel warm and inviting. Yet very often, the lighting that exists is less than ideal, something that is especially true of rental apartments. You name it, I’ve seen it, from not enough lighting, to light switches … Continue reading

Seven quick ways to organize a closet

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Every time I move into a new apartment, figuring out how to get the most out of the closet space is always a challenge. And custom closet storage solutions are not really something I want to invest in since I’m renting. So here are 7 of my favorite DIY tricks to … Continue reading

Bathroom vanity upgrade and Paint Giveaway

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I did a lot of upgrades to my bathroom as I showed you in this video tour but the one thing that I hadn’t touched so far is the vanity – the paint was looking very tired and chipped, plus the knobs were very dated and off center to boot!  So I was thrilled … Continue reading

DIY Wall Art with Shells – Bathroom Decorating ideas

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My bathroom is pretty plain with white tiles and white walls which makes it a nice neutral canvas to work with, except for this “vintage” heater that stands out like a sore thumb. With the beautiful year round weather in LA, I never use it and I wanted to find a quick … Continue reading

Who says rugs are just for floors? How to add color to a large wall without paint

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One of the last rooms of my LA apartment to get completed is my living room. It was a challenge to figure out how to place the furniture just right to make the most of the tiny footprint I had to work , a mere 10 ft x 7.5 ft. The winning … Continue reading

Easy DIY coat rack for the tiniest entryway

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My LA apartment has a tiny entryway – it so small that there’s barely enough room for the door to open all the way! Without a closet nearby, I had to get creative to find a way to hang coats and purses right by the front door but still leave room for … Continue reading

How to make an upholstered headboard

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There are many DIY headboard ideas out there and I had always wanted to make my own, especially an upholstered one. I already had an existing base for the bed so I needed to make a headboard that was separate from the base. After toying around with lots of ideas, … Continue reading

How to make an upholstered panel for a DIY headboard or banquette bench

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When I built my banquette seating for my dining room, I made an upholstered tufted wall panel for the back. I really love this project because it could also be easily modified to make a tufted headboard by making the panel larger and adding legs and it’s really easy and inexpensive … Continue reading

DIY Bathroom lighting fixture makeover

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I really wish I could renovate my bathroom, but being a renter, doing a complete gut job and rebuilding from scratch wasn’t a possibility. The lighting, however, was definitely something that I could upgrade without changing out the existing lighting fixture. So I came up with a plan to change … Continue reading

Plastic cup for mess-free drilling

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I’ve shown you a tip for mess-free drilling into walls using a post-it note to catch the dust in the past, but what about when you’re drilling into the ceiling? You don’t want all that dust to get on the floor or worse, in your eyes. In my video Home Office … Continue reading

My LA Balcony – Before and After

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How time flies! It’s already been a year since I transformed my balcony from a sad worn out unused outdoor space into a beautiful cozy outdoor room. It was a lot of work but it was well worth it: not only has it given me more usable square footage, it’s also … Continue reading

13 clever ways to give plain mirrors a new look

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For small and dark apartments, using mirrors is an easy way to give the illusion of more space and at the same time reflect more light to brighten up a space.  Looking for some inspiration for my apartment, I found these amazing DIY mirror makeovers on Hometalk: I especially love the use … Continue reading

Easy door upgrade with moulding

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Many apartments have basic builder grade finishes that can be pretty plain and boring, and my apartment is no exception. I have very inexpensive hallow core doors that have zero character or architectural detail and they were screaming for some moulding detail. But being a renter, I had to figure out … Continue reading

Small kitchen ideas: add an extra shelf in your upper cabinets

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Small kitchens can be challenging when it comes to storage, but you can easily create more by adding a small extra shelf in your upper cabinets. I did this in my kitchen cabinets in just a few minutes and it made a huge difference in how much I can store … Continue reading